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Climate Breakdown On Yorks Wolds

August 24, 2019

By Paul Homewood



Evidence of climate breakdown in the Yorkshire Wolds!







BTW – Why are Downs called Downs, and not Ups?

And yes, I did cycle up that 16% hill, and nearly killed myself!!

  1. Pancho Plail permalink
    August 24, 2019 12:24 pm

    You need to think positively, Paul. It may be up on the way out but it is downhill all the way home.
    And in response to your thought, I have been wondering where the drought stricken summers and failing crops have been hiding.
    I suspect it is going to be a great year for root veg if my potatoes are anything to go by. Biggest potato evah last week!

  2. Roy permalink
    August 24, 2019 12:46 pm

    But… but… nature is dying. You must have faked those photographs.

    I’ve lived in North Bedfordshire for the last 30 years and I can honestly say I’ve never seen it look greener and more abundant. In that time, I’ve noticed more owls, birds of prey, and my own favourite, the Skylark. When I first moved in I saw few larks, yet this spring I spotted 6 pairs in the fields where I walk the dog – mainly due to the fine preservation work of the local ‘much maligned by the MSM’ farmers!

    P.S. Take it easy, Paul, we need you on the AGW case :0)

  3. Philip Mulholland permalink
    August 24, 2019 1:21 pm

    BTW – Why are Downs called Downs, and not Ups?

    Because Downs comes from the same root word as Dune e.g.sanddune

    before 1000; Middle English; Old English dūn hill; cognate with Dutch duin dune;

    County Down in Northern Ireland is the place where there are numerous glacial drumlins or downs.

    • It doesn't add up... permalink
      August 24, 2019 2:13 pm

      The Dutch word is pronounced the same as the English “down”. Not that even Kijkduin (pronounced cake-down – literally, “lookout dune”) is particularly high.

    • EternalOptimist permalink
      August 24, 2019 2:39 pm

      It’s because When they were up they were ups
      and when they were downs they were downs
      and when they were only half way up
      they are neither ups nor downs

      I could be wrong..

      • J G permalink
        August 24, 2019 9:01 pm

        No, you’re not wrong. I know you think you could be wrong, but you’re wrong.

    • dave permalink
      August 24, 2019 3:14 pm

      “…Old English ‘dun’ = ‘hill’…”

      Borrowed from Celtic place names – one of the few times the invading Anglo-Saxons paid any regard to British traditions was to sometimes adopt existing names – in which it meant “hill fort” and thus, later in the development of English, with the fading of understanding it came to signify hilliness itself.

      Compare DUMbarton Rock in Scotland and the fortress city of VerDUN in France.

      ‘Going down’ seems to have simply meant ‘going off the dun’, i.e. the opposite of climbing it.

    • August 24, 2019 5:00 pm

      It reminds me of Bredon-on-the-Hill in Derbyshire (or just over the border in Leicestershire. Bree means hill, don mean hill, so the actual name is HillHill-on-the-Hill.

      I have about five hills which I regularly cycle up, and all have a stretch which is steeper than 25%, but none longer than about 200yards. I still manage to cycle up them, although on a couple of them I have to stand on the pedals.

      • EternalOptimist permalink
        August 24, 2019 7:27 pm

        ‘I just been cycling on the ups in the Yorkshire Wnews’

        doesn’t have the same excitement somehow. Lets leave this one for now

      • Chaswarnertoo permalink
        August 25, 2019 7:49 am

        Try Hellfire pass. From Dinas Mawddwy, up the Dyfi…..😖

  4. Chris Martin permalink
    August 24, 2019 2:03 pm

    I guess we are all waiting for this to be declared the “hottest Late Summer Bank Holiday evah…” Even though this Bank Holiday has only existed since the 1960s.

    However, a long (conveniently) forgotten late summer heatwave is 31 August to 3rd September 1906 – a really quite incredible heatwave, even by recent standards, and well before 4x4s were invented. The facts are that 90F(32.2C) or plus temperatures were recorded somewhere in England on four consecutive days 31st August to 3rd September and, if figures are rounded to the nearest 1F (as they often were in those days), 95F (35c) was also recorded somewhere on each of those days also! A temperature of 86F (30C) was also recorded on the day before this heatwave (30th September) at Maidenhead – with 89F (31.7C) at Jersey – so we have five consecutive days of 30C plus.

    At some individual stations, like Nottingham there were also 90F days four days in a row (93, 93, 94 and 90 on the 31st August to 3rd September consecutively) – and I am pretty confident that four consecutive 90F + days in that City has never been seen since, or barely, perhaps, in 1976. Overall the highest temperatures in the UK on each day were 94.8F (34.9c) on the 31st August at Maidenhead, Berkshire; 95F (35.0C) at Collyweston, on the borders of Leicestershire and Northamptonshire, on the 1st September; 96F (35.6C) at Bawtry Hall, Doncaster on 2nd September and 93.5F (34.2C) at Westley, near Bury St Edmunds on 3rd September).

    The root cause of this heatwave was very similar to our heatwave last month (25July 2019) an air pressure pattern bringing hot southerly winds up from north Africa…low pressure west of Ireland and a huge high pressure from Scandinavia, through Central Europe and down to the Med.

  5. Athelstan. permalink
    August 24, 2019 2:12 pm

    You’ve chosen a beautiful spot to holiday in Paul, one of the best kept ‘secret’ parts of Yorks, and still England……………whisper it in a hush hush of rural serenity.

    • Allan M permalink
      August 26, 2019 10:02 am

      Secret parts of Yorkshire, eh. Don’t tell us Lancastrians. ((thinks!)Must alert Lancashire Intelligence Service)

  6. stella Ashley permalink
    August 24, 2019 2:51 pm

    the one thing that niggles me is the wheat right up to the road, same as in my area of Essex. Where once were hedges that stopped soil erosion and were full of life.
    At one point there was talk of reinstating hedgerows but that seems to be all it was, on the large farms anyway.
    These prairie size fields are bereft of any wildlife in my area, apart from the odd pheasant that ends up getting hit by a car.

    • August 24, 2019 5:44 pm

      Apparently the Yorks Wolds were pretty barren up to the 18thC, only good for sheep.

      It was the Sykes family who built Sledmere House, which I visited, that enclosed the land and made it fit for both cattle and wheat after the 1750s.

      Hopefully they won’t forget old tricks.

      • helllanebridport permalink
        August 24, 2019 8:36 pm

        Chapeau, Paul – an excellent effort. I have a lovely lightweight carbon bike but I notice I take a long detour to avoid cycling up Dover’s Hill to get into Chipping Campden and that’s only 14%.

  7. dearieme permalink
    August 24, 2019 4:23 pm

    The corn not in yet?

  8. Nancy & John Hultquist permalink
    August 24, 2019 5:10 pm

    The blossoms blocking the 16% grade sign appear to be thistles!
    I love the color of the new blooms although those are now gone.
    I’m shocked – ‘say it ain’t so.’

  9. tim leeney permalink
    August 24, 2019 9:11 pm

    Looks great Paul. Don’t blow a gasket, we still need you.

  10. HotScot permalink
    August 24, 2019 11:51 pm

    “Evidence of climate breakdown in the Yorkshire Wolds!”

    Shouldn’t that be Climb-it breakdown?

    • Phil permalink
      August 25, 2019 6:11 am

      Climb it brake down perhaps? As opposed to the media where they break it then climb down (maybe) on an inside page in very small print

  11. Stonyground permalink
    August 26, 2019 5:58 pm

    I cycle a bit but I live in Holderness which is rather flat. I have done the Gauntlet 70.3 triathlon which is based at Castle Howard, this has a hilly bike course which sometimes involves bottom gear and standing on the pedals. I fitted a mountain bike gear cassette to my road bike for the event. I’ve also done the Rudolf Romp which is a 24 mile trail run through the Yorkshire Wolds, a little shorter than a marathon but a hell of a lot tougher.

  12. Gerry, England permalink
    August 26, 2019 8:29 pm

    Yes!!! Hottest August Bank Holiday Weekend evah! – as measured at one of the busiest airports in the whole world…. Beating the last record set at….one of the busiest airports in the world!

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